Hi David, thanks so much for reading & responding, and for putting a smile on my face today! I should clarify — I’m not a “trained psychologist,” just a person with a degree in Psychology. I can’t refer to myself as a “psychologist” because I didn’t do the work to earn that title (I don’t hold a Master’s or Doctorate — just a Bachelor’s).

Though, by virtue of having friends & family with Master’s & Ph.Ds (one with a Ph.D. from Yale), I feel I can say that my 4-year education at Meredith College — a smaller, private, women’s college in NC — would rival any of the larger prestigious universities. At Meredith, I was privileged to be able to do an honors thesis in Psychology, in the undergraduate research program, which allowed me to work 1:1 for a year with the Psychology Dept. Head.

Between all my classes, from freshman through senior year, I’d hear from my friends who were earning higher degrees at the same time (I took a few years off to work/live). They’d see my workload & course content and tell me it was more rigorous than what they were currently doing at a Master’s level — go figure!

Point is, I fully appreciate a good education, and I know folks can’t get a good one just anywhere. I’m familiar with how good of a school Brown University is (and, small world, my husband is from R.I.)!

What an interesting life you must’ve led growing up in the home of a psychoanalyst! (Lol). Seriously, though, I bet there were some great conversations — the kind money can’t buy!

Also glad to hear you’ve read some of the deeper Freud stuff! Poor Dr. Freud… he doesn’t get the genius credit he vastly deserves; he often just gets a bad rap from those who don’t understand how influential he was. Or how his contributions permeate our lives, still today — even with the words we use, like, describing someone as ‘anal’/’anal retentive,’ ‘neurotic,’ or ‘hysterical,’ or as having a ‘low/high libido,’ or the notion of ‘repressed’ memories, and ‘cathartic’ experiences — seems we’re always summoning the work of Freud.

TOTALLY agree with you that trump’s self-appointed label of “very stable genius” is self-delusional. Once could almost argue he was using it ironically, but, y’know… Dunning-Kruger effect and all... he’s not even smart enough to use humor in that way. Which brings me to this point, addressing where you wrote, “if he can defend his deep feelings of inferiority and inadequacy by sliding into the Dunning-Kruger trap, then why bother?” The point is, he wouldn’t ever try defending himself with any such label that might “pathologize” him. He doesn’t think anything’s wrong. For that matter, he wouldn’t ever try defending himself with anything that could possibly force him to acknowledge, take ownership of, or accept even a hint of guilt or willful ignorance on his part.

Love the idea of a DSM-5T (trump edition? lol). And “Colossal Dunning-Kruger Effect” is priceless!! I love it! (I actually laughed out loud at that.)

I have a series of one-page “cards” I’ve started here on Medium called “Stupid POTUS Quotes: Ridiculously embarrassing things the 45th President has said, out loud (or on Twitter).” I should add your example; it’s a perfect example.

Finally, totally fair point about his eyes being more lizard-like. I can see that.

Thanks so much for your thoughts!

Martie Sirois

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